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Microwave Chocolate Flourless Torte

½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips*

2 tablespoons half and half or heavy cream

2 ½ tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon instant espresso powder (preferred) or instant coffee powder (optional)

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

1 large egg, beaten


In microwave-safe glass bowl, combine chips and half and half.  Microwave mixture for 2 minutes at 50% power.  Remove and stir to melt chips. 

Add butter a couple of cubes at a time, stirring the entire time to melt butter and incorporate completely into mixture. 

Add sugar, espresso powder, extract and salt to chocolate mixture and mix well. 

Continue to stir and add the egg, mixing until completely blended. 

Spray two shallow, microwave safe dishes (no more than one cup capacity) with non-stick cooking spray.  Evenly divide the chocolate mixture between the two dishes. 

Microwave dishes, on high, for 2 minutes.  Tortes will appear wet on top.  Allow to rest for several minutes. 

Serve warm or cold.


*You can substitute bittersweet chips for semi-sweet chips, increase sugar to 2 tablespoons.  You can also substitute milk chocolate chips with no increase in sugar.


Serve with raspberry sauce, ice cream or whipped cream.

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